Looking back – September 17, 2020

Each week, the Gazette looks back on stories from the past. Here is what happened this week, by year…



  • The Dominion Alliance has planned for a great Field Day, Sunday next, throughout the county of Prince Edward for the suppression of the liquor traffic, and have arranged a program and speakers including Rev. Dr. R. H. Abraham, Rev. C. J. Johnson, Rev. Ben. H. Spence and Rev. H. A. BenOliel.
  • Prince Edward County again handsomely defeated all competitors in the apple exhibit at the Toronto Exhibition this season. Messrs Harry Dempsey, S. Pem. Peck and Wm. Earl Weese were the county’s chief representatives and won eighty-one prizes on a ninety exhibits shown, which was fifty-five per cent of all prizes offered for apples.
  • Those of our citizens who patronize the opera house and others who want to see a good colored show, will be glad to hear J.C. Rockwell’s New Sunny South, the colored organization that made such an emphatic hit in its last appearance two season ago, will appear in the Picton Opera House.


  • Clarence Mallory, real estate agent, Bloomfield, reports the sale of the George Fox farm on the 5th concession of Hillier, recently repossessed by the commissioner of Loans, the Mr. Harold W. Hall of Brampton, Not. Mr Hall takes possession in the near future.
  • Those travelling on Highway No. 2 will have noted the large sign directing motorists to Prince Edward County. It has recently been repainted and the use of fewer words has made it more easily read.
  • The muskies are biting well these days and some fine specimens are being taken from county waters. West Lake yielded one weighting 23 pounds. The lucky angler was Norman Drundlorser of Buffalo, who, with a party, is staying at Mrs. Byron Hyatt’s, West Lake.


  • Milford took a one-game lead in the best of three final series with a 17-4 win over Napanee. Janice Bongard pitched the win giving up 10 hits, walking one and striking out five. Ann Davidson took the loss giving up 17 hits, walking seven and striking out three. Wendy Carman, Janet Fenemore and Wanda Gyde led the winners at the plate with three hits.
  • Doctor Gerald Allison was presented with a life membership to the Royal Canadian Legion at the general meeting of Branch 78, Canadian Legion. Dr. Allison is a charter member of the organization in Picton, and has served the Branch well in many capacities.
  • Outdoor marine exhibits at the Mariners’ Memorial Park, South Bay, attract many visitors each season. A pine mast from the two masted schooner Kate, donated by Leonard Duetta, was placed at the park last week, to eventually be raised as an additional flag pole.


  • The village of Demorestville in the Township of Sophiasburgh was named after Guillaume de Morest, who first came to the Adolphustown area from New York State. In early days the village was also known far and wide as Sodom.
  • The Picton Public Utilities Commission is expected to begin work in about a week’s time on a water main for the Commerce Capital Realty development, an issue Reeve Charles Hepburn described as a “thorn in the side of council from beginning to end” at a meeting of town council
  • Fire loss for August in Picton totalled $5,500 while the services of the Picton Fire Department  were required 28 times. The department carried out 13 alarm tests and handled three referred alarms, three false alarms and three car fires. There were also three flooding incidents and two cases under investigation.